Najib Razak will remain free pending the outcome of his SRC International Sdn Bhd corruption appeal to the Federal Court.
- Najib to remain Pekan MP
- Disqualified from contesting in any upcoming elections
- Federal Court hearing roughly six months from now
This follows the decision by the three-member Court of Appeal bench chaired by Abdul Karim Abdul Jalil to allow the former prime minister’s application for a stay of execution and sentence.
“We allow the application as per the terms and conditions of the High Court,” said Karim, who sat with Has Zanah Mehat and Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera.
Last year, trial judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali allowed the application by the defence to stay the jail sentence in view of the hefty fine imposed.
He had sentenced the Pekan MP to 12 years’ jail and fined him RM210 million after finding him guilty on seven counts of corruption.
However, Nazlan raised Najib’s bail from RM1 million to RM2 million in two sureties.
He also ordered Najib to report to the police station of his choice on the first and 15th of every month.
Najib’s lead counsel, Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, submitted before the bench that the stay should be allowed since the notice of appeal to the Federal Court had been filed.
He urged the bench to allow his client to remain free based on the conditions imposed by the High Court.
Ad hoc prosecutor V Sithambaram said he had instructions to leave it to the court to use its discretion.
Meanwhile, Najib will remain the Pekan MP following the filing of a notice of appeal to the Federal Court.
The seat would only be vacated if he failed to file his notice of appeal within 14 days from today.
However, Najib risks losing an opportunity to contest in a snap or general election should the Federal Court not hear his appeal.
Najib’s final appeal on his SRC conviction will see a Federal Court hearing roughly six months from now.